In this series, we are interviewing members of our club, so that you can get to know each other a bit better. Today we talk with Olivier Cangardel about his life and work in the region.
What brought you to the French Riviera?
I do not live full time on the French riviera. But I do spend circa two months per year there.
I have been coming every year since I was born. There is something magic about this region.
I love the atmosphere, the climate, the nature and how people seem happier than up north!
Could you tell us about your professional career? What do or did you do for work?
After 10 years in auditing, M&A (Mergers and Acquisitions) and Private Equity, I decided to create something myself.
Tother with two partners, we created an application that connects influencers to businesses.
We also launched a digital communication agency specialised in influence and community management (handling the social media of our clients).
Currently we have offices in Paris, Brazil, Dubai and are opening in Belgium, Switzerland and other countries soon!
Why did you decide to start your own business?
We decided to pursue our dream of creating our company.
I used to spend fifteen hours a day in front of Excel and PowerPoint, which is not want I wanted anymore.
Now I spend most of my days talking to clients from different company sizes and sectors.
Although we work as much, I love the freedom it gives me and do not consider it as a work!
What is your best advice to others thinking about living or working on the French Riviera?
Don’t hesitate! It is such a wonderful place and a land of opportunities.
I do not know much about it actually apart from the fact that it is a great idea! There are not enough of these clubs in France.
When my English mother moved to Paris, she would have loved to have such a club.
I’m always thrilled to chat whether you need an address on the Riviera or personal advice on how to communicate on social media.
We are also currently raising funds if somebody is keen to invest as Business Angel, Family Office or Fund.
I would be delighted to tell you more!
Fun facts about Olivier Cangardel!
Since when do you live on the French Riviera?
I don’t live here full time but discovered it when I was three months old and have been coming since!
Where are you originally from?
I’m originally from Paris.
What languages do you speak?
I speak French, English, a bit of German and Portuguese.
What is your favourite wine?
Impossible to choose! I love red wine and I appreciate the diversity the different wine regions offer.
What is your favourite spot on the French Riviera?
La Croix-Valmer: beach, vineyards, forest and nice views. Close enough to Saint Tropez to go to the beaches and out but far enough to be less crowded.
What French word do you find difficult to pronounce?
Being half French I am ok with that, but struggle with the Brazilian Portuguese prononciation that I am currently learning.